"On Being a Real Princess"-- Review and Giveaway



I was very fortunate to receive a copy of a wonderful book for young girls titled "On Being a Real Princess, Secrets of the Happy Heart Princess" to review. The book is written by the very inspirational Sandi Stonebraker, who also happens to be an extremely talented blogger and artist.

A bit of background on Sandi. Sandi is a grandmother living in MainStrasse Village, Covington, Kentucky. When Sandi's granddaughter offered to move out of her bedroom and into another bedroom in order to accommodate her new baby brother, Sandi offered to decorate the new bedroom for her granddaughter. And just like so many little girls, what Sandi's granddaughter wanted was a princess theme for her bedroom. Sandi's beautiful mural of a princess in a garden enthralled everyone who saw it, and soon Sandi was creating beautiful murals for others.

And so Fairytales Kids, home of the Happy Heart Princess, was born. When you visit HappyHeartPrincess.com, you will see a collection of beautiful paintings done by the talented Sandi, and I can promise you that you will be entranced by them!

Sandi's describes The Happy Heart Princess as "the princess of the 21st century who bridges the gap between fairyland and the real life dream that lives in the hearts of little girls everywhere."

There are many reasons why I fell in love with this book instantly. First, the book is just so darn cute. As soon as you see the beautifully illustrated cover, you want to open it and look inside. This is a good thing when it comes to motivating young girls to read. The book is light, colorful and fun looking and like I said, soooo cute looking that even my 11 year old daughter couldn't resist picking the book up as soon as she saw it and read it!

When you open the book you are immediately drawn in by the beautiful illustrations that fill up page after page. I cannot imagine any little girl not being delighted just looking at the pictures. The colors are vibrant and the scenes are beautifully detailed.Photobucket
But beyond the gorgeous illustrations, comes a very important message about young girls and self-esteem. Girls learn that it is the inner qualities that make someone special. There are 16 princesses to meet inside the book, and each shares a secret of being a Happy Heart first, and a Princess second. And the princesses are drawn as everyday girls living all around the world and doing everyday things. Personally, I believe that as adults, one of the most important responsibilities we have is to instill and build self-esteem in our children. That will be their foundation for building a happy healthy life, and we should embrace every opportunity available to do this.

With that said, I have to say my favorite part of this book are the Journaling Activities for children which are on every page where a new princess is introduced. Children are asked questions about their feelings and thoughts, as related to the princess they just read about. There are beautifully lined pages for journaling their answers and thoughts. There are also spaces provided for children to draw pictures as well. The discussions that adults and children can share from these journaling activities are wonderful -- so many issues relating to self-esteem can be discussed using these activities as stepping stones.

This is a beautiful book and perfect for a parent and daughter to curl up and read together. And I was delighted to read that Brave Heart Prince , a self esteem book for boys will be available soon!

You can win a free copy of ""On Being a Real Princess, Secrets of the Happy Heart Princess." Just visit happyheartprincess.com. Let me know your favorite gift item offered there in a comment.

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Contest ends Jan. 14th, midnight.

75 comments:

  1. I like the On Being a Real Princess Tote Bag! ~ :) THanks!

    sounders68 [at] gmail.com

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  2. I really like the Happy Heart Princess T-Shirt!

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  3. This sounds like a cute book! The its not easy being a princess shirt is adorable! Thanks for entering me! unforgetable_dreamer_always AT hotmail DOT com

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  4. I love the Princess Lauren painting.

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  5. I also like the Fairy Tale Kids Paintings. Thank you
    tatertot374@sbcglobal.net

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  6. I like 'The Story of the Fairy Tale Kids'. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

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  7. I like the"I am the Happy Heart Princess" tee. the illustrations are adorable!

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  8. I loooove the Fairy Tale Kids Paintings

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  9. I especially love Drew, the Deep Sea Diver!

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  10. Oh....I love the Brave heart Prince for my boys

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  11. I like the Happy Heart Princess Beach Bag! It took me a little while to find the merchandise, but they have some cute items!

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  12. I like Fairy Tale Kids paintings! They would look lovely in a kids room.

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  13. I love the Fairy Tale Kids paintings! Thanks for an awesome giveaway!

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  14. I like the happy Heart princess t shirt.

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  15. My hubby lived close to Covington KY growing up, that is exciting that she is from there! Plus, we have 2 little princesses. I looked at the site and still love the book the most. 2nd would be the beach bag! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  16. i like the tote bags:) thanks!
    christinbanda@yahoo.com

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  17. LOVE the paintings!

    thanks,
    Kathy

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  18. LOVE the paintings. thanks,
    Kathy

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  19. I think that the personalized paintings is a great gift idea!

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  20. its not easy being a princess shirt is super cute and I thought its pretty cool that Sandi lives only 20 mintutes me!

    ry13_2000@yahoo.com

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  21. I love the fairy tale kids paintings and the It's not easy being a princess tee
    wonderfullymade729 at gmail dot com

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  22. added you on twitter- britzy2
    $ tweeted: http://twitter.com/britzy2/status/1156139850
    wonderfullymade729 at gmail dot com

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  23. subscribed!
    wonderfullymade729 at gmail dot com

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  24. The paintings are so pretty. Can I have them all.

    souldolphindream@aol.com

    thanks for a great giveaway

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  25. I would love the bride and groom painting for my boyfriend and I..


    LilithSilvermane(at)gmail(dot)com

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  26. I love the beautiful Fairy Tale Kids Paintings-they are so whimsical and remind me of my childhood. Thanks!

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  27. I love the fairy tale paintings!

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  28. The Fairy Tale Kids Paintings are wonderful! I would love to get these for my children to hang in their rooms. What great gifts - a keepsake forever! Thank you so much for this giveaway!

    scrappychic12[at]live[dot]com

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  29. I really like the It’s not easy being a Princess T shirt.

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  30. My daughter would love the coloring book.
    Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

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  31. I like the Kennedy painting.


    txhottie_86 at yahoo dot com

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  32. I like the Happy Heart Princess Bib!

    stormraven at gmail dot com

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  33. I would pick the sweet Lady Janes in pink for my daughter

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  34. I love the Fairytale Kids paintings.

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  35. I like the being a princess shirt.

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  36. I have two little princesses and they would love everything including Tshirt - Of course I can do anything, I’m a Princess

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  37. I like beach bag.thanks
    herry123_us@live.com

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  38. I like beach bag.thanks
    herry123_us@live.com

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  39. The princess book is great for my daughter & I would also like Brave Heart Prince for my son. Thanks for the contest.

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  40. I love the "It's Not Easy Being a Princess" tee shirt. This sounds like a great book.

    Thanks for the opportunity,
    Beth
    reapingjoyATyahooDOTcom

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  41. The paintings are great.

    sc2466 at comcast dot net

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  42. The painting of the princess on the tree swing is just darling!
    savymom21@hotmail.com

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  43. We would get so much use out of the Happy Heart Princess Beach Bag - we live on the water in the summer :) Thanks for the contest!

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  44. I love the of course I can do anything I am a princess shirt. Totally my daughter thanks for the giveaway!

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  45. Added to google reader crystal42683(at)aol(dot)com!

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  46. My daughter would enjoy this book. I really like the Tshirt - Of course I can do anything, I’m a Princess.
    -Terra H.
    partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  47. I like the "Of course I can, I'm a princess" shirt.

    Thanks for the chance to win. Come check out my giveaway, too.

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  48. I Just LOVE the Of course I can do anything, I’m a Princess Tshirt. How perfect for my little Princess. Thanks for the giveaway:)

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  49. I would really like to have this for my niece who we call Princess. She would love it. I also really like the Tshirt - Of course I can do anything, I’m a Princess. I am trying to teach her that she can do anything she wants in life-that being a girl shouldn't stop her!!!

    sherri419 at gmail dot com

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  50. My daughter would love this book! I really like the fairy tale kids!

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  51. I think they are all beautiful but I like the Tee that says Of course, I can do anything, I'm a Princess.... wiicked13 [at] yahoo [dot[ com

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  52. I love the Fairy Tale Kids Paintings

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  53. I like the Tshirt - It’s not easy being a Princess. Thank you!

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  54. The personalized kid's paintings are gorgeous! What little girl wouldn't love one of those in her room?

    Thanks! foxsquirrelrabbit at gmail dot com

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  55. I love the "It's not easy being a princess" shirt.
    luckofdraw777(at)gmail(dot)com

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  56. its not easy being a princess shirt is sooo cute! thank you for the giveaway. my dd would love this book.

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  57. Love the Tshirt - It’s not easy being a Princess

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  58. the bride and groom painting

    reginald2004 at gmail dot com

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  59. the fairy tale paintings are super cute! thanks for this op. my princesses would love it! :)

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  60. On Being a Real Princess Tote Bag
    donna444444@yahoo.com

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  61. I subscribed.
    donna444444@yahoo.com

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  62. I like the Happy Heart Princess T-shirt. The paintings are really cute also. Thanks for the great giveaway!!

    :)

    melazy1(at)gmail(dot)com

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  63. all the items were adorable. my daughters would love the princess t.
    thanks for the giveaway!
    delongdaisy@yahoo.com

    i now follow hhf too. :)

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  64. This book sounds wonderful. I want to buy one for my daughter and all my nieces and the prince one for my nephews! At only 2 years old DD is fascinated by all the Disney princess but I worry what negative effects this could possibly have on here.
    My favorite item on the website is the painting of the mermaid with the dark hair. One of dd's favorite princesses is Ariel and I like that this mermaid has beautiful dark hair like my daughter.

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